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Solidarity2In a statement on Thursday, trade union Solidarity announced that it had accepted Eskom’s offer of a wage increase of 7.5% for this year, a 7% increase for years two and three with a guaranteed increase equal to the CPI on housing, as well as a once-off cash payment of R5,000 after taxes.  

Solidarity added that it would now do everything within its power to stabilise the power grid.  “Given the current circumstances, it is a very fair offer.  For all our members across South Africa the right thing to do now would be to help prevent the economy from being hampered by an unreliable power supply,” said Solidarity Chief Executive Dr Dirk Hermann.  He noted that the bonus issue had not been settled yet and said it would be dealt with at another forum.  The union again called on both Eskom and the SA Police Service to take drastic action against criminal elements that were sabotaging the infrastructure and intimidating workers.


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